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Liverpool could be set to unveil two more summer signings within the next 48 hours with deals for Barcelona midfielder Alex Song and River Plate youngster Eder Balanta.
The Reds have already had a busy summer in the transfer market, bringing in the likes of Mario Balotelli, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren to strengthen the key areas of their squad, but Brendan Rodgers is not done spending yet as he eyes two more players.
Talks for the club to sign both Song and Balanta are said to be “at an advanced stage” according to an Anfield insider, with both new players likely to take their place in the Liverpool squad before the summer transfer window deadline.
Song, 26, has been strongly linked with a return to the Premier League this summer after a difficult couple of years with Barcelona, and it is claimed that he has turned down the chance to join AC Milan with a preference for a switch to Liverpool instead.
It is not yet clear if the arrival of the Cameroon international could push Lucas Leiva out of the exit door, with Serie A giants Napoli, managed by former Reds boss Rafael Benitez, known to be keen on snapping him up if he is available.
In defence, Balanta should come in as the club consider offloading out-of-favour Danish centre-back Daniel Agger, with Rodgers keen to recruit some new faces at the back after last season’s disappointing defensive displays.
Although Agger has been a key player for Liverpool in his long stay with the club, Balanta is an exciting young prospect and Liverpool are desperate to sign him ahead of a host of other interested clubs, with Barcelona known to have watched him earlier this summer.
The 21-year-old was part of Colombia’s World Cup squad this summer and already looks like a player who could hold his own in the more competitive and fast-paced English top flight, with Argentine giants River Plate ready to accept just £4.3m for his signature this summer as they become resigned to losing him.
Liverpool will hope to unveil both players at the same time at the end of the week, in deals which will take their summer spending to around the £130m mark.